State Sees Potential Growth for Goshen

GOSHEN, Ore. — The state says the Goshen area is a prime spot to build business and create more jobs, labeling the rural part of Lane County a regionally significant industrial area.

Under this new title, Lane County can move forward in making the Goshen area more available and cheaper for industrial businesses to build, in hopes of stimulating the local economy.

Open rural land near Interstate 5 with a freight line running through it, state and county leaders say the underdeveloped unincorporated part of Lane County has a lot of potential.

So under Senate Bill 766 passed last year, intended to address high employment rates, Goshen was the first area nominated that will provide expedited review for businesses wanting to settle there.

“Any business that wants to develop, they are going to be looking at a number of different factors and probably a number of different sites. One of those factors is the speed at which they can actually get to building, especially if they are dealing with raw land,” said Alex Cuyler, Intergovernmental Relations Manager.

By making the process faster and easier to obtain the right permits, Lane County hopes to attract large industrial developments, whether a manufacturing plant or headquarters facility. Leaders say this opportunity could fill in some county funding gaps and bring more jobs.

Lane County leaders say there are still a lot of challenges ahead, including making an exception to a law that limits building in that area to 40,000 square feet.

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